A Cumberland County man arrested in York County for allegedly passing counterfeit money at two Fairview Township businesses told an officer he was making the fake cash, but not having much success, according to police.
"I don't think it worked out well," Fairview Township Police Officer Jason Lotier said. "He said it was difficult, and the bills I saw weren't very good ... very amateurish. He wasn't a professional."
Tyler E. Lyden, 27, of 651 Walton St. in Lemoyne, is now in York County Prison on $20,000 bail, charged by Lotier with three counts of felony forgery and one count of theft by deception, according to court records.
He also is being held on a detainer from Cumberland County, a prison official said.
On Friday, Hampden Township Police filed three counts each of forgery and theft by deception against Lyden, which is what spurred the detainer.
Police there said he passed counterfeit bills at three restaurants in the township -- McDonald's, Wendy's and Buffalo Wild Wings.
Secret Service: Hampden Township Police also confirmed the U.S. Secret Service is working with several local police departments in the investigation of Lyden.
He is being investigated for possible involvement in more than 80 other counterfeit cash cases locally, according to Fairview Township Police.
Lyden is accused by Fairview Township Police of passing counterfeit $10 bills at the McDonald's at 101 Limekiln Road on July 30 and the Dairy Queen at 110 Old York Road on Aug. 1, and unsuccessfully trying to pass a fake $10 bill at the Smoker's Express, also at 110 Old York Road.
Employees at the stores were able to provide police with descriptions of Lyden and the vehicle he was driving, Lotier said.
Cracked case: Using that information, Lotier was able to crack the case by tracking down Lyden at his Lemoyne home, where he knocked on the man's door and arrested him without incident, police said.
Lyden confessed and Lotier recovered a small number of counterfeit cash during the arrest, according to the officer.
"He didn't really have a good reason for doing it, other than he just wanted the money," Lotier said. "He thought it would be easy to make real money from it."
It's unclear whether Lyden has retained an attorney.
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